Corinna Lawrence

Age: 23
Where from: Plymouth
Where you live now: London
Began fencing aged: 7


How long have you been involved in the British Fencing World Class Programme?
I have been involved with the programme for three years
How tough was selection to the new World Class Programme?
It was very tough and competitive. There was a lot of potential across many athletes and the six weapons
Were you confident that you would be chosen?
I was hopeful that I would be chosen as I have been training hard. I was part of the WCP leading up to the Olympics which really helped me. However, I finished my degree in July 2012 so I decided to get a part time job so that I would be able to train daily and make the most of the support given to me
How did it feel when you were told the news?
I am very grateful to British Fencing, UK Sport and Beazley for their continued support, and I will do everything that I can to product results on the international stage
What does it mean for you now?
As there is no epee squad I train with my coach in the mornings in London and in the afternoon I go to Lee Valley for my S&C, physio and other support services weekly. Whilst it is not ideal having my training in different places, it is the best way of ensuring that I get all the necessary training
Do you have a job or school or university to fit in around fencing?
I am a Business Analyst for a hedge fund
Can you make a career out of fencing or do you have an eye on something else?
At the moment, fencing cannot be a career in the UK unless you go down the coaching route. When I eventually stop fencing, I shall continue my career in finance
What did your friends think when they found out that you had been selected to the WCP?
My friends were really pleased for me, it makes the sacrifices of not being able to see them regularly worthwhile. I am very lucky that my friends and family are so supportive
Where is the best place that you have been with fencing?
I have been to so many wonderful places with my fencing, but my most favourite would have to be India for the Junior Commonwealths Games. The culture and diversity I experienced there is incredible and I am planning on going back there when I am able to take a month off from fencing, and maybe from my job in the future
What is your goal for the next year and after that the next two years until 2016?
Next year I want to break into the top thirty in the world, and by 2016 I hope to be in the top twenty. I'm also aiming for a medal at a world championships before the 2016 Olympics
How did your experience of the London 2012 Olympics motivate you, whether as a participant or spectator?
It was a very overwhelming and awe inspiring experience, which to this day I struggle to believe was reality. Watching, supporting and talking with athletes who both won and lost, allowed me to learn so much and motivate me to put everything into achieving my dreams
Can you describe a typical training day? How has this changed since joining the WCP?
I start fencing training at eight-thirty am, an hour lesson with my coach, two hours of sparring,incorporating footwork into both of these. I then go to the gym and do a S&C before heading to work. In the evenings I have begun to analyse fencing videos at home, which has been a great addition to my training with the help of the Performance Analyst
Has more emphasis been put onto strength and conditioning, and nutrition? 
Yes, the emphasis on S&C has helped to balance out my body and increase my speed and strength. The difficulty is then transferring that from the gym to the piste!
Fencing is still considered a minority sport, how did you first get into it?
I started at my state primary school, following in the footsteps of my two elder sisters. Pretty quickly I joined the Plymouth Fencing Club in the evenings. This then developed to training three or four times a week as I became addicted to competiting, winning and learning!
Do any of your siblings or parents fence?
My two sisters and my brother
What is the thing you enjoy most about fencing?
The fact that you have to use your intelligence as well as speed, agility, strength and stamina to win. It is a heavily psychologically demanding sport
What do you think is key to being a successful fencer?
Being able to control your performance and psychology no matter whether you are winning or losing
What other sports do you participate in or follow?
I play tennis and badminton, and follow major championships in athletics, rugby and swimming
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I like to relax, see my friends and spend time with my family. I also have a passion to explore the world, so when i have a couple of weeks off, I like to go away